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Near Jermyn in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Aylesworth Creek Lake

Safe lives. Strong dams.

 
 
Aylesworth Creek Lake Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 6, 2021
1. Aylesworth Creek Lake Marker
Inscription.  

Why Build a Dam?
Imagine August 1955 as Hurricane Diane moves through northeastern Pennsylvania. From six to sixteen inches of rain falls, isolating the city of Scranton. More than 90 lives are lost in the region. Multiple historic floods like this spurred Congress to authorize construction of Aylesworth Creek Lake, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project. Its primary purpose: reduce the risk of floods in communities such as Olyphant, Moosic, and Scranton.

How Does This Dam Work?
Unlike many dams, Aylesworth Creek Lake does not have gates to adjust the flow of water. Instead, think of the pipe through dam as more like a funnel. Water flows freely through the pipe under normal conditions. During floods, if more water flows in the pipe than it can accommodate, pressure forces the water back into the lake.

Cross Section of the Dam and Outlet Works [diagram]

What Does This Mean to You?
Floods are a natural occurrence and remains a constant threat. In 1996, a record snow melt produced one of the highest pools ever at Aylesworth Creek Lake. As the dam held back waters

Aylesworth Creek Lake and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 6, 2021
2. Aylesworth Creek Lake and Marker
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and reduced flooding downstream, it demonstrated how well the project performed its primary mission of flood risk management. Since the dam's completion in 1970, it continues to protect the lives and homes of people in the region and save millions of dollars in flood damages to downstream communities.

Baltimore District Boundary [map]

[Photo captions read]
• [top right] View from dam embankment at Aylesworth Creek Lake

• [bottom left] Secondary overflow at Aylesworth Creek Lake

Just the Facts: The dam is 90 feet tall - as high as a nine-story building —
and 1,270 feet long... slightly longer than Hoover Dam on the Nevada/Arizona state line.
 
Erected by US Army Corps of Engineers.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkDisastersParks & Recreational AreasWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical month for this entry is August 1955.
 
Location. 41° 31.298′ N, 75° 31.729′ W. Marker is near Jermyn, Pennsylvania, in Lackawanna County. Marker is at the west end of the Aylesworth Creek Lake parking area. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 511 Hudson Street, Jermyn PA 18433, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Borough of Jermyn (approx. one mile away); World War Memorial (approx.

Aylesworth Creek Lake Dam image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 6, 2021
3. Aylesworth Creek Lake Dam
one mile away); World War I Veterans Park (approx. one mile away); War Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); World Wars Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); First Aid Pioneer (approx. 1˝ miles away); Veterans Memorial Bridge (approx. 1.7 miles away); Lackawanna River Foot-Bridge (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jermyn.
 
Also see . . .
1. Aylesworth Creek Lake (USACE). (Submitted on May 9, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Welcome to Aylesworth Park. (Submitted on May 9, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Hurricane Diane - August 15-19, 1955 (National Weather Service). (Submitted on May 9, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. urricane Diane (Scranton, PA): WGBI-TV Footage (YouTube). (Submitted on May 9, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Aylesworth Creek Lake Secondary Overflow Cut image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 6, 2021
4. Aylesworth Creek Lake Secondary Overflow Cut
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 9, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 9, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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